There is a tendency to link pastry and chocolate with the art world. It is true that we could find good examples which would justify this connection, and also many which would prove us wrong. Having a sense for art is like having an ear for music, you either have it or not. And Luis Amado definitely has it. He already showed it in so good.. magazine #22 with his original bonbons.
In so good #24 he has returned to our pages to exclusively show us his latest work, what he calls creative murals. It is about reproducing a painting or image on a chocolate surface, being that surface made up of different pieces, which together and placed each in its place, make up that painting or image.
The sky is the limit when creating mosaics based on existing classical paintings or one’s own ideas using drawings, sketches or simply messages for special occasions
As an example, this professor at the Culinary Management Program Chair (Lake Michigan College) chose two paintings by a distinguished Spanish painter, Pablo Picasso. And a third mural in which a jigsaw puzzle is represented, a very suitable composition in a mural made up of different pieces that fit together.
From there, the limit is the one that each one sets for themselves, or as Amado himself says, ‘the sky is the limit when creating mosaics based on existing classical paintings or one’s own ideas using drawings, sketches or simply messages for special occasions. Again, the possibilities are quite diverse.’
Original idea and concept behind the mural creations by Luis Amado
I have always been fascinated with the work of famous painters and artists such as Diego Rivera and Pablo Picasso (among many others) and felt the need to propose new presentation ideas inspired by classical works of art such as ‘Jarra, Vela y cacerola esmaltada’ and ‘Peras a la Picasso’ both by Pablo Picasso. I found their work beyond fascinating and one day, while talking to my agent in Spain, we thought about the possibility of paying tribute to their work via my pralinés and chocolates. After all, I believe that in regard to decoration, the most demanding customers may be tired of seeing splatter designs. At least I am.
With so many options in colors and thousands of famous murals and paintings I truly believe the sky is the limit when creating mosaics based on existing classical paintings or one’s own ideas using drawings, sketches or simply messages for special occasions. Again, the possibilities are quite diverse.
After all, I believe that in regard to decoration, the most demanding customers may be tired of seeing splatter designs. At least I am.
Finding the appropriate mold to capture different types of artwork is relatively simple when one considers the vast amount of choices in the market. So is selecting the ideal boxes and packaging that compliment a specific presentation. For this issue of So Good Magazine I worked with Mold # M582 from Martellato, along with some infused cocoa butter from Chef Rubber which not only allowed for a true color depiction but also add flavor. Graffiti and chocolate? Again, the possibilities are endless.
- Find an existing picture or image of a paint or better yet create your own artwork. This can be done on a computer program, or even draw by hand.
- If using an image from the computer, it is important to print a reverse mirror image.
- Before printing the image, get the total linear measure of the selected mold only considering the cavities and not the dividing walls on each polycarbonate mold.
- You will find the following steps in the printed version of the article at so good #24.
You can use anything, from oil paint brushes of different sizes, to toothpicks, cotton swabs, dabbers, micro sponges.
Painting techniques recommended
Stencil taping technique, airbrushing, stamping, dot painting etc.
Interestingly enough, this approach leaves no room for error when it comes to cleaning and painting the molds as well as production methods since not being able to release all the molds could hurt the final product. Use gloves while handling the mold if handled for longer periods of time.
Martellato square clear mold. 30×30 mm x 8 mm high. 24 Cavities. Item #M582